Obama’s 2014 Transpo Budget Calls for Higher Spending, HSR

The Obama Administration has put forward an opening bid in what are sure to be contentious 2014 budget negotiations, issuing a solidly progressive transportation budget that calls for increased overall spending and continued investment in passenger rail.

The 2014 transportation budget proposal put forward by the Obama Administration calls for increased infrastructure spending and continued focus on passenger rail. Image: ##http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/DC-Decoder/2013/0409/Entitlement-reform-takes-step-toward-reality-in-new-Obama-budget##Christian Science Monitor##

The $76 billion transportation budget would represent a 5.5 percent, or $4 billion, spending increase over 2012 levels.

In addition, the president repeated his call for $50 billion in stimulus-style funding in 2014. Of this one-time funding infusion, $40 billion would be reserved for “fix-it-first” projects aimed at bringing the nation’s roads, bridges, and transit systems into a state of good repair. The other $10 billion would be offered on a competitive basis to “innovative” projects, through programs like TIGER.

The $50 billion infrastructure-spending stimulus is a proposal we’ve seen Obama float several times in the last few years. In the 2014 budget proposal it is again packaged as a jobs program.

“These investments would create hundreds of thousands of jobs in the first few years and in industries suffering from protracted unemployment,” the document says.

The administration’s budget also demonstrates that the president has not abandoned his high-speed rail ambitions. The budget proposes $40 billion for passenger rail programs over five years, aimed at making rail more widely accessible and convenient. It’s essentially his outline for a passenger rail (PRIIA) reauthorization. He even stuck to his goal of providing 80 percent of Americans with rail access, though years of funding setbacks have tempered his ambitions some — he now pledges that 80 percent of the population will have “convenient access to a passenger rail system, featuring high-speed service” — not that they’ll all have high-speed rail service.

Obama’s proposal would fully fund the most recent transportation law, MAP-21 — which seems obvious, but hasn’t been the reality up until now — and pledges a 25 percent increase in funding after that law expires.

The budget also allows for the creation of a transportation “reserve account” not tied to gas tax revenues, as did the Senate budget, introduced last month. Such an account could be another source of transportation funds — if there were any money to put into it, which there currently isn’t.

The overall budget, the Obama Administration said, “represents $2 in spending cuts for every $1 in new revenue.” The President’s proposal draws additional transportation dollars from savings from drawdowns in Iraq and Afghanistan. As in previous years, Obama hasn’t gotten specific about where transportation dollars would come, nor has he offered any ideas for making the Highway Trust Fund financially sustainable.

Advocates for smart growth praised the president’s proposal.

“Building strong communities is a key part of America’s economic growth, and I applaud the President for investing in programs that do just that in his FY 2014 budget,” Smart Growth America President and CEO Geoff Anderson said in a press release. “Investments in infrastructure and ‘fix it first’ projects will help businesses compete in the 21st century economy and will help working Americans get where they need to go more easily and more efficiently.”

The reaction wasn’t all positive, though. Clarence Anthony, executive director of National League of Cities, condemned a portion of the proposal that would cap the amount of municipal bond interest that can be deducted from taxes, saying it “undermines the President’s laudable goal of expanding investment in our nation’s poorly performing infrastructure.”

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  • Anonymous

    More money for trains and a lot more money for highways. It’s the “all of the above” strategy.

    Smart growth would have been a nice idea in 1950.

    Now, we’re past the limits to endless growth on a round, finite planet.

    In the US Peak Energy, Peak Electricity and Peak Traffic (Vehicle Miles Traveled) were all in 2007.

    http://www.oilempire.us/peak-energy.html
    Peak Energy (electricity and liquid fuels) in the US was 2007

    US energy consumption data from http://flowcharts.llnl.gov Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

    http://www.oilempire.us/peak-electricity.html
    Peak Electricity in the US was 2007

    Electricity data from Energy Information Administration, US Department of Energy
    http://www.eia.gov/electricity/annual/html/epa_01_01.html
    http://www.eia.gov/electricity/annual/archive/03482009.pdf

    http://www.peaktraffic.org/vmt.hml
    Peak Vehicle Miles Traveled in the US was 2007

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    The President lived 4 years in Indonesia, Jakarta during his childhood, where beside elementary school he met

    the Koran as the part of children education.

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    He always mentioned this state during the election campaign.
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    .
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